Solskjaer vs. Lampard: Which manager will come out on top when Manchester United and Chelsea do battle?
Added 10-24-20 11:37:02am EST - “Manchester United and Chelsea have both had topsy-turvy starts to the new Premier League campaign but neither Old Gunnar Solskjaer nor Frank Lampard can afford to cede ground to the other in Saturday's huge clash at Old Trafford.” - Rt.com
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It may seem premature to say it, but Saturday afternoon's fixture between relative managerial novices Solskjaer and Lampard has a rather weighty feel to it in the context of the new Premier League season.
Last year saw these two historic rivals separated by goal difference in third and fourth position, but with both Liverpool and Manchester City showing signs of depreciation since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, an opportunity appears to exist for that gap to be closed.
Saturday's game at Old Trafford will go a long way to addressing this. Solskjaer and Manchester United have endured an occasionally torrid beginning to their season.
An empty, cavernous Old Trafford doesn't quite have the same authoritative feel to it as when it is crammed full with nearly 80,000 supporters. It may have been a factor in United's home defeat to Crystal Palace and the stunning 6-1 reverse to Jose Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur.
The Norwegian did gain a galvanizing win away to Paris Saint-Germain this week in the Champions League to steady his nerves, but consistency has been a rare commodity in the red half of Manchester recently, and it's something that will be severely tested by Frank Lampard and his galaxy of big-money stars.
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